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Michigan Tech’s Sled Dog Team Ready To Compete

Michigan Tech is featuring real huskies for the first time in school history in a competitive sled dog team.

The Mushing Club of Michigan Tech was formed in 2018 by students Adam Schmidt and Claire Hendricks and is the only known college mushing organization.

The group works with local musher Tom Bauer to introduce the sport to other students and get them ready to compete.

Schmidt said, “We’re going to be running the Beargrease 40 (Duluth, MN, January 25th), we will be going down to the UP 200 and we will be running the Jack Pine 30 (Gwinn, MI, February 16th), and then for the CopperDog, we’re deciding between the new CopperDog 25 or the CopperDog 80 (Calumet, MI March 1st-3rd), which is the race I’ve ran. That’s a two-day and it starts at night in downtown Calumet—you can’t beat that!”

About 30 people regularly take part in the club and it’s open to more than just Michigan Tech students.

“In starting this club,” Schmidt said, “Claire and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t exclusive. That’s what the sport can be because of the cost and the opportunities available so we want as many people to come out whatever background you have.”

For more information on how to join, email the club at mush@mtu.edu or message them over Facebook on their page Mushing Club At Michigan Tech.

You can listen to the entire interview with Adam Schmidt and Claire Hendricks on Copper Country Today, airing January 20, 2019 at 7am on 97.7 The Wolf, 8am on 99.3 The Lift, and 9am on K-Bear 102.3.  The podcast will also be available after the air date at http://www.keweenawreport.com/category/c-c-today/

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